Mayor Bloomberg on Tuesday hailed the state Assembly’s passage of a bill to require large trucks to have special mirrors that allow drivers to see directly in front of their vehicles. The bill was given impetus by the recent death of a 4-year-old boy in Williamsburg, killed by a trucker who never even saw him. A companion measure has been introduced in the state Senate.
Known as crossover mirrors, the convex devices have long been used on the front ends of school buses. Bloomberg says he has pushed for them to be mandated on trucks since 2004.
“The Assembly has been on the right side of this issue for years and with the bill now passing both chambers, this very simple solution we have been pressing for should help save lives,” Bloomberg said in a prepared statement. “I want to thank Speaker [Shelly] Silver, Assemblywoman Millman and the rest of the Assembly for their continued efforts to make our streets even safer.”
Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan agreed: “Something as simple as a mirror can mean the difference between life and death and we owe it to everyone that uses our streets, particularly children and seniors — the least visible on our streets — to take this step.”